DIY Natural Dry Shampoo 

I’m all about finding ways to eliminate unneeded chemicals in my life. Especially if I’m able to do it easily. So I was excited to try this three ingredient DIY dry shampoo. I was extra excited that it can be used on dark hair since a lot of dry shampoos can leave a slight film on my darker hair.


I searched on good ‘ol Pinterest for “recipes”. There are many variations for homemade dry shampoo, so I just took some tips from several different posts and came up with what I would use in mine.

This is what I came up with:

  1. A container for your dry shampoo (I used a small & short mason jar)
  2. A powder brush to apply the dry shampoo (I used a large bh cosmetics powder brush)
  3. Corn starch
  4. Unsweetened natural cocoa powder (you can skip this ingredient if you have light colored hair)
  5. Essential oil of your choice

I didn’t measure out my ingredients, just sort of eyeballed it. I filled up my small mason jar about half the way with corn starch. Then I added in the unsweetened cocoa powder until the mixture looked dark enough for my hair. I wanted my shampoo to smell extra yummy so I added about 7-10 drops of peppermint essential oil. The peppermint with the chocolate smelled delicious as can be! You can use whatever scent you prefer. I put the lid on and shook it all up. Ta da! Done.

To apply the dry shampoo I just use an inexpensive makeup brush. Dip the brush into the powder, tap off the excess and apply to my roots.

Simple! Easy! Just the way I like things. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this dry shampoo actually worked. First, it blends in perfect with my black hair. None of that weird white powdery film some dry shampoos leave behind. Secondly, I was surprised at how well it soaked up the oil in my hair. Also, the fact my head smells like hot peppermint cocoa isn’t too bad.

My only complaint is that it doesn’t seem to keep the oil away as well as commercial dry shampoos seem to. With commercial dry shampoo, I can go the whole day with my hair looking fresh. With this DIY version, I only get a few hours before my hair starts looking a little dirty.

So in conclusion, this DIY version is great if you really want to eliminate chemicals and go all natural. It’s also great for if you’re in a pinch and ran out of your store bought dry shampoo. But I’m not a huge fan of this for all the time.


What do you think? Have you tried this DIY version before or have one you like better?